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Marshall McDaniel  |  google scholar 


Assistant Professor in Soil-Plant Interactions | Agronomy Department at Iowa State University


The fearless leader, and mischeif maker.


Hobbies:  My spare time is spent playing guitar and bass, mtn biking, playing board games (and card games). 

Lab Manager

Stephen Potter

Research Technician


Curious about biology, plant ecology, and microbiology


Hobbies:  Fishing, reading, hiking, and camping

Professional & Scientific Staff

Valeria Cano Camacho   |   twitter

Agricultural Specialist


Curious about the connections between land and people, how cultures influence agriculture, and soil health. 


Hobbies: hammocking, reading, hiking, and spending time with loved ones  


Perla Carmenate

Research Technician


Curious about urban agriculture, food sovereignty, soil biological health and the relationship between people      and agriculture.


Hobbies:  listening to music & podcasts, cooking, reading, joking around with my family, coffee and beer lover. 


Tim Youngquist

Agricultural Specialist


Curious about water quality, perennial crops, finding space for wildlife habitat within agricultural systems


Hobbies: native plant propagation, ecological restoration, old house preservation, chickens, time with my family


Matt Woods

Agricultural Specialist


Curious about everything agronomy.


Hobbies:  Music, sports, and outdoor activities.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Zach Simpson


Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Lincoln University

Curious about in water quality, watershed biogeochemistry, phosphorus sustainability, and agroecosystems.


Hobbies: Hiking, live music, and studying the German Language


Jared Flater    |   twitter


Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D. in Agriculture Biosystems Engineering at ISU

Curious about healthy soil microbiomes, belowground systems, improving agriculture through soil biology. 


Hobbies: Running (esp. long distance), hiking and camping with wife and dog, conservation/naturalism

Graduate Students

Cole Dutter

Ph.D. Candidate in Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture


Curious about cropping systems, soil health, farming externalities and sustainable agriculture.


Hobbies: Beekeeping, backpacking, cycling, gardening and reading

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Derrick Kapayou   |   twitter


M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and M.A. candidate in Anthropology


Curious about intercropping, soil health, cultures, effects of climate change, and sustainable agriculture


Hobbies: Playing mini golf, skydiving, fishing, painting, cooking, and bicycling.

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Ala Khaleel   |   google scholar    |   twitter


Ph.D. Student in Soil Science and Environmental Science


Curious about soil health and water quality, deep soil organic carbon, and carbon and nitrogen cycling related enzymes. 


Hobbies: reading, camping, hiking, birdwatching, basketball, cooking, music, piano, time with my family.   


Emma Molburg   |   twitter


M.S. Student in Soil Science


Curious about soil chemistry, soil health, and sustainable agriculture.


Hobbies: Cooking, reading, and gardening.  


Jessica Nelson

Ph.D. Student in Soil Science & Sustainable Agriculture


Curious about the plant-microbe-soil interactions, building resiliency, and producing more balanced food.


Hobbies: Gardening, traveling, hiking, training, healthy food, crystal collecting, and spending time with animals.  

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Reid Barker

M.S. in Soil Science & Environmental Science

Curious about soil conservation, water conservation, and water quality.


Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, archery, guitar, cooking, gardening, and woodworking.  

Undergraduate Students
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Christar Kin


B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering


Curious about sustainability and decreasing environmental effects of the bioeconomy


Hobbies: reading, card games, raising water awareness, exploring nature, taking pictures of clouds.


Malcolm St Cyr   |   twitter


B.S. in Agronomy


Curious about soil formation and fertility, and using combination to manage soil-plant interactions.


Hobbies: discovering historical figures/places by reading or traveling, watching movies/documentaries,             listening to music, and having conversations.


Allee Kostner 


B.S. in Agronomy


Curious about outer space, space travel, regenerative agriculture. 


Hobbies: baking, reading, and running


Sokhna Khadija Mbacke

B.S. in Agronomy

Curious about plant production and management practices for soil preservation. 


Hobbies: working out and cooking

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Sydney Pottebaum

B.S. in Independent Studies

Curious about water quality, sustainability, and the relationship between soil and climate change.


Hobbies: running, swing dancing, and puzzles/games


Kristen Hoss

B.S. in Environmental Science

Curious about environment and sustainability, how people are affecting the environment around us, and what changes we can make to agriculture to be more sustainable.


Hobbies: Going to local coffee shops, hiking, camping, going on road trips, and doing anything outdoors.

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Rebekah Veldboom

B.S. in Environmental Science

Curious about about land and water use, prairie conservation, and biodiversity in soils and plant communities


Hobbies: outdoor adventures, reading, listening to music, piano, and tennis

...this could be you

We are frequently looking for new people to join the lab.  Please contact us for details.

Lab Alumni

Kate Glanville (Postdoc 2020-2021) - now at NRCS in Salina, Kansas
Britt Moore (Postdoc 2020-2021) - now faculty at University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Morgan Davis (Postdoc 2018-2020) 
- now faculty at University of Missouri
Mriganka De (Postdoc 2017-2020) - now faculty at Minnesota State University
Michael Lawrinenko (Postdoc 2017) - now at EPA in Ada, OK
Tomás Sitzmann (M.S. in Soil Science 2020) - now Ph.D. Student at Grignani & Zavattaro Labs at University of Turin
Teresa Middleton (M.S. in Soil Science 2019) - now at Iowa Soybean Association
Jacob Studt (M.S. in Soil Science 2019) - now in Heaton Lab at University of Illinois
Rebecca Baldwin-Kordick (M.S. in Soil Science 2018) - now at Mad Agriculture
Jack Pieper (B.S. in Agronomy 2020) - now graduate student at Oregon State University
Jean Etnyre 
(B.S. in Environmental Science 2021) - now graduate student at Arizona State University
Haley Wilson (B.S. in Agronomy 2021) - now at the National Resource Conservation Service
Terry West (B.S. in Agronomy 2021) - now in Omaha, NE

Justin Hunter (B.S. in Agronomy 2020) - now graduate student in Davis Lab at University of Missouri
Carrie Dodd (B.S. in Animal Ecology 2020) - now technician at University of Texas A&M
Theresa Brehm (B.S. in Agronomy 2020) - now graduate student in Culman Lab at Ohio State University
Mitchell Roush (B.S. in Agronomy  2017) - now graduate student with Dr. Andrew Manu